Ever since brunch was first hybridized in a lab years ago by hungry scientists who couldn't wait until lunch, numerous attempts have been made to cross-breed the mutant meal with other cool things. Today's deal is the first to meet with success: $15 for $30 of bottomless brunch buffet with a complimentary mimosa and a digestive dose of live blues at Danton’s."Blind" Robert Travis: The genius behind such blues hits as "My Baby Don't See Things The Way I Don't," and "What's The Big Deal About Movies?," died of blindness in 1972. Today, his spirit inhabits his old guitar, which he hopes is found and played by an orphan whom he can magically gift with the ability to play the blues before possessing his body and living again through him.
Towering palm trees, shady cabanas, and flickering tiki torches help create a distinctively Caribbean ambiance in El Pueblito Patio's outdoor seating area, distinguishing it from the rest of the dining area and earning the restaurant the award for Best Patio from Houston Press in 2007 and 2008. The chefs also look for inspiration beyond the borders, combining Mayan, Aztec, Spanish, and African culinary influences that typically characterize Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine. Fried plantains, fiery salsas, and a closely guarded blend of house spices help to lend iconic Latin flavors to the menu of grilled redfish, sautéed gulf shrimp, and roasted chicken. Large fronds and domesticated clouds shade the patio, which encourages diners to enjoy their meals out in the fresh air while savoring a drink with one of the bar's numerous tequilas.
Previously known as The Firkin & Phoenix Pub, The Phoenix on Westheimer didn't necessarily rise from the ashes as much as it transformed into its current incarnation under the watchful eyes of the original owners and management. The cozy tavern maintains the same neighborhood-friendly spirit that made the original pub an inviting stop for regulars and passersby hoping to enjoy a quick meal and a pint. The menu, while updated, also preserves the feel of a traditional pub with favorites ranging from fish 'n' chips to bangers and mash.
Complete with weathered floorboards, dark wooden trim, and chairs and banquettes upholstered with lipstick-red fabric, the decor continues the across-the-pond ambience. 12 LCD televisions hang throughout the space, and five projectors are available for especially important games or marathons of Antiques Roadshow. That's only the regular entertainment, though?the proprietors love to throw special events, including regular trivia nights and viewings for popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The Phoenix also earned a spot on CBS Houston's list of the Top 2014 St. Patrick?s Day Bars In Houston for the St. Patrick's Day party it hosts in its parking lot.
When they opened their new, permanent location on Waugh Drive, Tony and Phyllis Mandola fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a freestanding restaurant. The Mandolas had opened the original Tony Mandola's Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway in 1982, where they served up their version of Gulf Coast seafood with hints of Creole and Italian flavor. Today, their menu?which is still built around many family recipes?features New Orleans-style fried catfish po' boys, lobster-loaded pizzas, and crawfish-filled ravioli. Southern staples get a similarly crutacean flourish. Take the fried green tomato appetizer, for instance, which accommodates grilled shrimp and jumbo lump crab meat with classic Southern hospitality.
Alberto Alfonzo, the chef and owner of Pesca World Seafood Restaurant, has spent the majority of his 21-year culinary career cooking seafood. His love for underwater edibles stretches to all corners of the world, including Spain, Asia, Peru, the coastal United States, and the Caribbean. “Our dishes are representations of different countries and continents as well as local,” Alfonzo says.
Pesca’s brunch and dinner menus are peppered with international specialties such as grilled red snapper veracruz, valencian black rice, and the chef’s personal favorite, portuguese seafood stew. A trio of turf selections includes New Zealand lamp chops, a center-cut fillet, and roasted pork carnitas. The menu also lists organic and gluten-free options.
Thanks to a special license issued by Dionysus himself, the restaurant offers a wide selection of wines at retail price. Guests can savor a fish and white-wine pairing out on Pesca’s outdoor patio, a romantic spot adorned with palm trees and water fountains.
On any given day at Bar Sorrel, the chalk menu scrawled on the blackboard could change. Restaurateur Ray Salti has crafted his modern American bistro with a farm-to-table concept, meaning that as the seasons change, so must the cuisine. No matter the menu, the kitchen sources all of its organic ingredients—produce, meats, seafood, and cheeses—from 22 local farms. These raw materials are sculpted into regional American dishes and sometimes added to the ever-growing sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt in the foyer. Though the fare changes often, past dishes have showcased roasted game hen with plantains, lobster with black-pepper pasta, and braised rabbit with creamy risotto.
To supplement this cuisine, the staff loads boards with imported and house-cured meats and artisanal Texas cheeses at the charcuterie bar. And at a different bar, bartenders mix seasonally inspired craft cocktails and pour libations from the wine cellar, which houses more than 200 wines, including more than 50 organic options.